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ZoukEX: The North American Zouk Exchange hits Toronto May 31 - June 2nd

posted 22 May 2013, 14:46 by Mazouka Dance

Join zouk dancers from all over North America 
in a zouk experience to remember!
(Featuring a Newcomer Track for those new to zouk!)


As new as zouk is to our city, it may be surprising to learn that Toronto has likely the biggest Brazilian Zouk community in North America! We want to bring together the budding scenes in other Canadian and US cities, and build connections that will help zouk to thrive even more in all of our communities.

Over 50 of the keenest zoukers from across North America (and even a couple from Europe!) are coming to party with us from May 31st to June 2nd. Let's show them the amazing zouk community that we have here in Toronto!

What can I expect at ZoukEX?

A super fun, affordable experience!
A whole weekend of zouk awesomeness for $99. Yes, seriously.

During Saturday day, you'll have 9 hours of workshops to choose from, taught by experienced zouk instructors from New York, Miami, Knoxville, Montreal and beyond.

3 Nights of Zouk Parties
Amazing zouk dancing with great dancers from all over. Tunes spun by DJs from Toronto and abroad, featuring the one and only DJ Nyx
They'll be short and sweet -- a showcase of performances from different cities, including Miami, New York, Montreal and Toronto.

Roda de Zouk
An experience not to be missed! A massive group dance where the whole room zouks as one! Take a peek at a small intro class from a couple years back:
Roda de Zouk @ "Zouk Me Tuesdays" in Toronto,
Sept 2011

Jack & Jill Competition
Partner up with dancers from other cities in a fun social-dance competition for great zouky prizes! No partner required to enter, and no choreography involved -- just improvised social dancing!

Beach Party
Sunday afternoon we'll take it to Centre Island and party on the beach! Those of you who missed out on our beach party last year will know better this time. ;)

for dancers of other styles (salsa, swing, etc.)
Register for a Newcomer Pass and you'll have access to the All-levels workshops throughout the weekend, plus all the parties and other activities! To prepare you for the weekend, you'll be automatically registered for our Friday Zouk Crash Course, where you'll learn the fundamentals you'll need for the rest of the workshops.

What better way to give zouk a try than to dive in head-first!

Toronto does International Zouk Flash Mob Day!

posted 18 Sept 2012, 16:29 by Mazouka Dance   [ updated 20 Sept 2012, 16:13 ]

Thank you to everyone who came together in the last 3 weeks to help make history, as the largest international dance flash mob endeavour ever! Thousands of dancers from 100 cities in over 30 countries around the world, dancing together on the same day. 

On September 16th, between 3PM and 5PM, we hit up Dundas Square and two locations in Kensington Market, sharing our dance with our city.

At our third location, Augusta Ave in Kensington Market, we zouked in the street and caught the eyes of many people passing by:

Check out the International Zouk Flash Mob Day Facebook group to see what other groups did in their cities!

Amer and Lavinia win zouk competition at Brazilian Beat Congress

posted 30 Apr 2012, 19:09 by Mazouka Dance

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sed to know a teacher that would always tell his students "there is no such thing as a good teacher, only a good student." This always resonated with me. I know that as a teacher, I can only offer my knowledge and ideas. Students have a lot of options: they can find the teachers that can help them to learn what they need, use YouTube to learn new movements, record themselves to document their progress, and perform or compete to give themselves an tangible goal to strive for. 

This weekend, Danielle and I witnessed Amer and Lavinia take the title at the Brazilian Beat Congress Zouk Competition. They constructed their choreography using movements they found on YouTube (including lifts!) and a tiny bit of help from us to figure stuff out and polish things up. They practiced really hard, upwards of 3 times a week and endured a few injuries along the way. It paid off in the end as they put on a gorgeous choreography, impressing the international superstar judges, Renata Peçanha and Jorge Peres, and leaving their instructors beaming with pride. 

- Junyan

Watch their winning routine here:

Brazilian Beat Zouk Competition Winners: Amer & Lavinia

Mazouka debuts "Loving You" performance @ Toronto Bachata Festival

posted 20 Feb 2012, 19:44 by Mazouka Dance

Mazouka Dance - cast of "Loving You"
Thank you to everyone who came out and showed your support at the Toronto Bachata Festival this weekend! Our student group debuted its newest routine, "Loving You" on Sunday night in an amazing show opener that really got the audience going.

Junyan kept people moving on the dance floor both Saturday and Sunday nights, DJing some of his best music. He and partner Chantel also came in 3rd place in the Bachata Competition!

For those who missed the shows last night, check out the performance of "Loving You" right here:

Big things at Mazouka for 2012!

posted 31 Jan 2012, 11:01 by Mazouka Dance

2011 was an amazing year for Mazouka, and 2012 is shaping up to be even more incredible. We kicked off the year with our 2012 Open House & Anniversary Party, where over 100 people came out -- some to try zouk for the first time, and others to celebrate one year of building a fantastic zouk community in Toronto.

Our Zouk Me Tuesdays social started off this year with an intro to Roda de Zouk. Lots of people came to try this super-fun group form of zouk. Check out the video below:

Now that everyone is back into the flow of our regular zouk classes, we're excited to announce a new weekly class! Our new Zouk Style & Technique Program is the perfect way for both new and experienced zoukeiros to continually refine their skills. This 5-month program is designed to teach both leads and follows how to gain command of their own body movements in zouk and feel great while doing it. This class is open to all student currently taking either Zouk II class or higher. Classes start Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30, right before Zouk Me Tuesdays. 

Find out all the details or REGISTER HERE for either a 1-month pass or the full 5-month program.

Zouk T-shirts now available to order online!

posted 15 Oct 2011, 19:15 by Mazouka Dance

We've finally opened up online sales for our popular "Zouk Me" and "Dance Love Zouk" t-shirts and tank tops! Quantities are limited, so order early to avoid missing out. For local (Toronto) zoukeiros, you can still buy in-person to save the cost of shipping -- just find us at Zouk Me Tuesdays or contact us ahead of time to pick up your shirt in class!

Get Ready for ZOUK at the Canada Salsa Congress; October Classes Begin This Week!

posted 1 Oct 2011, 18:02 by Mazouka Dance

Get ready, Toronto - Zouk will be going full force at the 9th Annual Canada Salsa Congress next weekend! In addition to the largest salsa dance floor at any event in Canada, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights will feature a dedicated zouk & bachata room for the first time ever. Don't miss Mazouka's own Junyan Boon spinning zouk rhythms made to set the body in motion. 

Mazouka will be zouking it up all three nights of the congress -- come find us on the dance floor and stop by our Mazouka Booth to pick up some sweet music and new zouk gear.

Sunday night, Junyan and Danielle will perform their routine "Gravity", and Friday night will feature a number of great zouk performances by other local and international zouk dancers.

This same week we'll kick off our October classes. Registration is open for both Thursdays and Saturdays, so register online or in person at Zouk Me Tuesdays to save your spot!

Roda de Zouk a hit @ Zouk Me Tuesdays

posted 7 Sept 2011, 20:25 by Mazouka Dance

Everyone who came early to this week's Zouk Me Tuesday was in for something special -- Toronto's first-ever lesson in Roda de Zouk, a group version of zouk that is danced in a circle, with partner switching between each move. Such an awesome way to get zouking together as a community!

Those who missed out on the fun can catch a glimpse of the action here:

Don't forget, September zouk classes start THIS WEEK, Thursday, Sept 8th and Saturday, Sept 10th! See you in class!

Fresh batch of "Zouk Me" T-shirts just in!

posted 30 Aug 2011, 13:03 by Mazouka Dance   [ updated 1 Oct 2011, 18:01 ]

We'll have a freshly printed batch of our notorious "Zouk Me" t-shirts at tonight's social! This is the FINAL RUN of these shirts and we have limited quantities in each size, so bring $20 to snag one of these before they're gone!

Zouk Me Tuesdays are heating things up in Toronto!

posted 18 Aug 2011, 12:04 by Mazouka Dance

We want to thank everyone who has been coming out to our weekly venue, "Zouk Me Tuesdays", at Trinity St. Paul's. This night has been getting better and better all summer, and this week's social hit a new high for us -- the vibe, the people, the music and the dancing were all *amazing*, and we're thrilled to help bring such a wonderful night to the Toronto zouk community. 

But we want to make Tuesday nights *your* night! Request your favourite songs before you come, and invite your friends to come give zouk a try -- even if they're completely new to zouk, one of our zouk ambassadors will be happy to help them get started!

Here's one taste of what went on this Tuesday. Check out our Facebook Page for all the pics and videos!

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